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Testing Hormones – Saliva vs. Blood

Yesterday I attended a presentation by a local Ph.D in Biochemistry regarding balancing women’s hormones and mood, and while she has great success treating her clients with blood analysis only, she states that saliva testing is never appropriate. Unfortunately, this blanket-type statement may not be fully correct, as there is documented validity of salivary testing in certain circumstances, and this discrepancy in understanding further illustrates the misunderstandings of functional vs. traditional allopathic medicine.

While blood (serum) testing has long been the “gold standard” for traditionally accepted medical testing and medical disease, recent developments, technology and understanding have brought other testing methods to the playing field.  These include urinary metabolites and salivary testing.  This testing is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for serum (blood) testing, but rather that it allows for the assessment of different functionality, for different criteria.



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Chiropractic Care Questioned by the Media Again – Numbers Can Be Manipulated to Say Anything

Unfortunately the Washington Post recently published an article questioning the safety of chiropractic adjustments.

If the true numbers based on percentages of patients affected by traditional medicine for neck and back pain, as compared to chiropractic were
actually revealed – what would we find?

The most comprehensive review of “adverse events” caused by modern medicine is the article Death by Medicine, written by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD;  Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD.

This fully referenced report reveals that:

  • 2.2 million people experience in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs per year.
  • 20 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed annually for viral infections
  • 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed annually, and
  • 8.9 million people are exposed to unnecessary hospitalization every year!

The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year!
That is a mind-boggling 2147 people killed daily!
That’s 7 jumbo jet plane crashes, each and every day.
Chiropractic services have outperformed all other spinal pain treatments, including prescription pain medication, according to national consumer satisfaction surveys, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription pain medication abuse as an epidemic in the United States. Any treatment in health care has its risks; however cervical manipulation is far safer than other more invasive procedures.

Approximately 27 million people in the U.S. seek the care of a doctor of chiropractic (DC) each year. DCs have doctoral-level graduate training in diagnosis and treatment. An insurance company studying chiropractic care published an article Current Concepts in Vertebrobasilar Complications Following Spinal Manipulation and found that the risk of stroke following chiropractic care “…is about one in 10,000,000 neck adjustments”.

Driving your car to the grocery store is far more risky!

A typical chiropractor that delivers neck adjustments sees about 50 patients a day. Some more. Some less. Most chiropractors practice four days a week. Some more. Some less. In a typical week that would be 200 chiropractic neck adjustments. With vacations that’s about 10,000 neck adjustments per year. In the course of a 40-year career, that’s about 400,000 chiropractic neck adjustments. So, spread out among 25 different chiropractors, that’s one stroke in 10,000,000 neck adjustments.

The numbers just aren’t there!
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High Cholesterol Linked to Wheat – Presentation by Dr. Slavin

High Cholesterol Linked to WheatTuesday January 7th at 1:30pm and 5:30pm at The Athletic Club at the Westin in Avon, Colorado
Informational presentation by Dr. Jacqui Slavin D.C.

Cardiologist Bill Davis MD author of Wheat Belly, and Neurologist David Perlmutter MD author of Grain Brain, reawakened the discussion of how wheat and gluten affect our health by specifically addressing the link to heart disease and brain degeneration. Many people are still confused about Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, and grains and whether it is just a fad or an important dietary concern.

This presentation aims to dispel some of the confusion by reviewing the physiology of high cholesterol and brain degeneration presented by the authors, as well as a explaining in greater detail why gluten and wheat seem to be of increased concern in the past few years.

Dr. Jacqui Slavin D.C. is a local functional medicine and nutrition expert who has lived in the valley for 17 years and understands the goals of both locals and destination guests, and the requirements for our active lifestyle.

By focussing on the underlying cause versus just reducing the symptoms, Dr. Slavin is passionate about helping people to optimize their health by combining both natural and traditional medicine, as well as focusing on preventative therapeutic lifestyle medicine.

Specialization in common health concerns includes high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, weight-loss, digestive dysfunction (gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea), food sensitivities, and hormone imbalance (PMS, menopause, infertility).
Dr. Slavin participates in community education classes on gluten, thyroid, brain health, weight-loss and other topics, and has presented for the Eagle County Parkinson’s Support Group; Eagle, Edwards and Vail Rotary Clubs; Walking Mountains; Fresh Approach – bringing healthy foods to Eagle County Schools, and other local organizations, and as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College teaching Anatomy and Physiology and healthy cooking classes.

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High Cholesterol, Dementia linked to Wheat

High Cholesterol, Dementia Linked to WheatGlycemic index breads

While the subject is not new, there still remains great confusion surrounding the topics of wheat, gluten, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. While many still consider wheat and gluten to be one and the same, it is important to identify that they are extremely different and should be treated as such. Considering the differences helps to understand the relation to other diseases and conditions that have recently come to light.

In the past several years two physicians have published books focusing on the association between wheat and gluten to even more health conditions and diseases than simply accepted digestive disorders.

Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and author of “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health,” found that when wheat was eliminated from a patient’s diet, weight loss and optimal health was attainable. Focused specifically on wheat and its relation to heart health, Dr. Davis found that low-fat dietary plans, which often substituted larger amounts of carbohydrates for fats, were causing increased levels of cholesterol. Furthermore, Dr. Davis discovered that it is in fact high blood sugar levels, caused by carbohydrate-rich meals – primarily whole wheat, that caused elevations in both triglycerides and small low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles (the more dangerous type of LDL Cholesterol).

denise minger food pyramidCurrent guidelines for a heart-healthy diet include whole grains, a recommendation since the 1960s, but recent studies like Dr. Davis’ have shown no positive effect and even harmful results when diets included wheat and gluten. After carbohydrate-rich meals, small LDL cholesterol is elevated for seven days – the longer these particles spend in circulation, the more opportunity they have to be oxidized. Oxidation can damage tissues of the body, and pose a threat to overall heart health.

Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers,” compiles research findings on carbohydrates and their link to chronic diseases like dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dr. Perlmutter describes a similar series of chemical reactions whereby the consumption of high carbohydrate meals leads to elevated blood sugar and insulin levels, inflammation and which can cause oxidation and subsequently, tissue damage.

As described by Dr. Perlmutter, dementia and cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s Disease are conditions of inflammation and aging in the brain.  Alzheimer’s Disease has also been called Diabetes Type III, due to the correlation between elevated blood sugar and insulin dysfunction in the brain. Additionally, those with Diabetes are at twice the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

So what does a heart- and brain-healthy diet look like? To start, an ideal diet would eliminate unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats, as well as the removal of processed grains and refined sugars. Meals consisting of only grains and easy-to-digest carbohydrates elevate blood sugar, as highlighted by Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Davis. Consuming a balanced diet high in micronutrients (fruits, vegetables, nuts) can help you maintain your energy, reduce fatigue, eliminate cravings and keep your heart healthy. If you are concerned about your overall well-being, consider contacting a health professional for a complete health assessment and therapeutic lifestyle program to help you achieve your health goals for the New Year.

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Another Happy Client :)

k menech white board note    An adorable 9 year old young lady was referred to me by her pediatrician for back pain.
She told her mother after the first visit “I feel FANTASTIC!”.

Since beginning treatment she has experienced less frequent episodes and less intense
discomfort.  She is excited to feel better and take care of herself!

This is what she wrote for me in a “secret note” on a white board hidden in the office 🙂

My new claim to fame…. I am the BEST BACK PERSON!

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Multivitamins and Minerals Beneficial for Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

breast-cancer-care1Multivitamins are back in the news – this time with significantly positive findings.
The results from a study involving postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements containing both multivitamins and minerals. The research, published today in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers.

“Our study offers tentative but intriguing evidence that multivitamin/mineral supplements may help older women who develop invasive breast cancer survive their disease,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., lead author of the study and distinguished university professor emerita of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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